Giza Solar Boat Museum

Giza Solar Boat Museum was built around to preserve the reconstruction of Khufu Solar Ship. The ship and the museum lies next to Pyramid of Khufu.

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Name: Khufu Solar Boat Museum
Constructed in: 1985
Location: 29° 58′ 41″ N, 31° 8′ 4″ E
Opening Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm
Place: Giza
Type: History Museum
Restoration: Khufu Solar Boat
During Ramadan: till 3:00pm

History


Giza Solar Boat Museum primarily preserves the Khufu ship which was originally built of Khufu in his Great Pyramid. It was part of the extensive goods for King Khufu in his afterlife.


Kamel el-mallakh is the architect who discovered and designed the Khufu solar ship in 1954. But the reconstruction was done by Egypt’s chief restorer, Ahmed Youssef Moustafa.


The boat took years to reassemble, which was why it was put on display in 1982 in Giza Pyramid complex.


Architecture


The solar boat is housed in the Solar Boat Museum in a compartment that protects the boat from outside elements. This museum houses:



  • The Reassembled ship of Khufu


  • A small model of solar ship.


  • And photos of its discovery and reassembling of the ship.



However, the boat is its main highlight with imposing size of 43.6 m long and 5.9 m wide. The boat is made of cedar wood that used as ritual materials in ancient times. About 1224 original pieces are buried in the section where ‘boat of Khufu’ was mentioned. These pieces were dug out during the cleaning process and were later put together to reassemble the boat along with 12 paddles.


Facts



  • The wood pieces found are believed to have been 7000 years old before being cut and used in the boat.


  • That makes the age of solar boat not less than 12000 years. The boat designed during Khufu reign is advanced and very intelligent.


  • These boats were designed in the shape of lotus and papyrus, the ancient symbols of Egypt.


  • Functional or not, the ships are vessels that represent journey of Sun God Ra, and was believed to take his king on this journey in afterlife.


  • The boat can be viewed from three different angles which is why the boat is placed 8m higher than ground.



For detail viewing, come and witness the glorious history of Giza Solar Boat Museum with NILE HOLIDAY today..

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